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Verizon iPhone could be announced next month

The agonizing months of rumors that have teased consumers waiting for Apple's iPhone to join Verizon may soon come to a close.

Moves from AT&T and Verizon suggest the first quarter of 2011, which is broad, but at the least an announcement could come in the first week of January 2011.

Verizon has made clear it wants to offer its subscribers the iPhone alongside its strong Android line up. Earlier this week, market researcher Asymco shared a report saying Verizon's sales of high-profile smartphones have cooled.

In September Verizon CEO Ivan Seidenberg said not to expect the iPhone soon. "We would love to carry it, but we have to earn it," he said. Apple has traditionally released new iPhones in the summer, but Verizon would certainly prefer not to wait two quarters to add what has been AT&T's crown jewel to its own product portfolio.

Records suggest that AT&T’s iPhone exclusivity ends this year.

Apple has posted job openings for engineers with CDMA wireless technology, which is what Verizon's network primarily uses.

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